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Homemade cuban picadillo served over white rice and served with a fork.
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4.75 from 32 votes

Cuban Picadillo

Picadillo. This Cuban recipe is a stew made of ground beef, tomatoes and seasonings. Olives are added for saltiness and raisins for a little bit of sweet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban, Latin American
Servings: 6
Calories: 486kcal
Author: Serene



  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup green olives diced
  • 1/3 cup raisins diced


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the onion and bell pepper in extra virgin olive oil until softened.
  • Add in the ground beef. Cook while breaking up the meat. Cook until meat is browned and no longer pink. Drain excess grease.
  • Stir in the garlic.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, cumin and oregano. Stir to combine. Let cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in the green olives and raisins. Serve warm over white rice.



Recipe adapted from Three Guys in Miami


Serving: 1 | Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 804mg | Potassium: 805mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg